Music for the Elementary Children -Education

| October 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Music for the Elementary Children – Education

Thursday and Friday of this week was an education workshop teaching the philosophy of Dalcrox.

It is not a way of teaching, but only a philosophy.  There are no rules of how to utilize the concepts. The concepts are easy to use with other methods and ideas of music approach.

A light bulb went off in my head yesterday.  I have been focusing on big beat and rhythm with my students the last couple of weeks. The children get music every four days. Our school curriculum has it set up that we are on a four day rotation. That works well. When we have a holiday we resume where we left off. That way every one gets a special (music, computer, library and P.E.) and the sequence does not get messed up.

Finger puppets are a great tool to use for rhythm. The older classes have been working on 16th notes, 8th notes, quarter notes, half notes, whole notes, and the corresponding rests.

The other day the class choose 4 puppets. With the four puppets a musical rhythm was formed.

The bottom row of words are : Firefly,  Beaver,  Dragon,  Bat —- Fox,  Rabbit,  Skunk

We had discussed 16th notes and the value of them. So when we spoke the word “Dragon”, it was easy for them to get the concept of the 16th note attached to a dotted 8th note.

Music Education is so important for Children.

It helps  their understanding of  language and the flow of words.  Rhythm is a good tool in understanding fractions in math. Music is great in aiding education of all kinds.

Of course, the class did not form the ostinato at the beginning of class. The students have been working on speaking and clapping rhythm patterns now for four weeks. At the beginning of class I showed my finger puppets. (I have 35 of which to choose). Different students picked out a puppet, we discussed how many syllables and how  we speak them. We then put them on the board and wrote out the rhythm the way we said the animal.

There are a few ways of writing rhythm for different animals. I told them they were the composers and could choose how they wanted a word spoken and played.

That was all the time we had for that lesson last week. After these last two days of workshop material I formed an idea.

I love music education. It is fun.

Students will share a drum, step on the big beat and play the rhythm of their making. There are 30 students in each class. So a few children can play, then another group can join, etc. until they are all playing their rhythms. It won’t sound like noise because they will all be playing to the same big beat. Children will take turns, conducting, bringing in and taking out different groups of the class.

My next intent is to introduce some music they can accompany with their rhythm patterns. Using classical music, jazz music, and appropriate music students listen today helps Last week I explained that all accompaniments are patterns made from rhythm. If you cannot think of a rhythm then think of putting together some words.

Music is great education for elementary children, they learn so much while having fun.

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